Kanab Conference

Kanab Conference, Kanab Utah, November 8-9, 2019

We had a blast in the red rock country of Kanab Utah. The weather was a beautiful 70s, and the sky was clear. Fabulous environment for writers of every genre to gather and pitch or learn more about their craft.

Sandy Rowland and I stayed at the Perry Hotel, known for the elaborate list of ‘elite’ guest who have stayed there during the filming of hundreds of westerns. The likes of John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Clint Walker, and James Gardner just to name a few.  It was a delight to walk through the lobby and see all the pictures of those who had slept there.

Then, just opening was the new “Conference Center,” right across the street. In fact, our conference was the first one to open the doors to future conferences, and may I say, it is a very nice center, too. The rooms are nice. The catering was great, and the Honey’s Marketplace in Kanab was terrific. In fact, the best little Grocery Store in America, frankly. Honey’s helped our conference coordinators with extraordinary care!!! 

Sandy and I both had pitches. I talked to two full-service small press companies; Pink Umbrella and Immortal Press and Sandy received a request from Lisa Mangum with Shadow Mountain. It was a super sweet turn out for both of us. 

The classes were great. From Mystery, to selling high during the holidays. From using sounds to mind health and how to make your ending not suck.  All was ideal. Next year, the Conference will follow Veterans Day. Sandy and I both will be there. November 12-14, 2020. Starting again with a beautiful hike with Raven. 👍 

No Fireplace is Needed

No Fireplace is Needed

My new Children’s Picture Book

released 11-1-2019

Amazon, B&N, IngramSparks,

Mobley,

No Fireplace is Needed: is a story that came from a question my darling daughter asked me when she was six years old.

“Mommy, we don’t got a fireplace. So, how will Santa be able to leave my good girl toys under the Christmas tree?”

I too, had to wonder about that one. I looked around our house and worried that it would certainly be hard for jolly ‘ole Santa to leave his wrapped packages beneath our Christmas Tree. 

You see, I dare not leave a key beneath the mat outside our front door. Honestly, I couldn’t think that Santa had the time to get out of the sleigh, find the key, open the door, step inside, then close and lock the door behind him. Especially since  we didn’t live in a very good neighborhood.

So, after a long period of time, I thought about the special magic that Santa brings with him. 

Here is a special Jolly ‘ole Man, who travels the world in one night and delivers special gifts to every good little girl and boy, how could one little problem like a house without a fireplace stop him? Well, it just couldn’t.

In “No Fireplace Is Needed,” Santa finds a special way to deliver gifts into even my little home.

Doree Anderson